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South African Drink Problems

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA--A tangle of laws coupled with apartheid liquor regulations can snare the unwary drinker in South Africa.

Unless you are a liquor-store proprietor or clerk, it is illegal to give or buy a drink for a black. A loophole allows government bodies to entertain nonwhite dignitaries.

An Indian waiter is permitted to serve a white woman drinks in her hotel room, or even breakfast in bed. But it is a crime for anyone but another white to serve her a drink across a bar.

Drinker and bartender are both breaking the law if the customer takes a sip before... Login to read more
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